Sunday, December 1, 2013

Guest Author Sunday

Welcome Leanne Tomala

Our Newest Honorary Gal

Meet our newest Honorary Gal- Leanne Tomala! Leanne shows each and everyday that it's all about being young at heart. Leanne is hooked on runDisney having completed two 5K events and now is in training for the Princess Half.  Her love of Disney showed through as she was one of the chosen few to advance to Round 3 of the Disney Parks Mom's Panel this year.  Leanne currently resides in Saint Peters Missouri and is a proud mom, grandmother and has been married to her own prince charming for the last 38 years.  Welcome Leanne-we're so happy to have you as an honorary Gal!

#DisneySide at Four
This week's inspiration comes from a 4 year-old boy, my grandson. He stays at our house a few nights a week and part of our bedtime regimen is reading stories from the many books left over from my children. Tired of reading the same old Mercer Meyer Little Critter series, I decided to improvise the other night and tell a story about a little boy and his grandparents that fly on an airplane and go to Disney World.
Taking the details from our own recent trip, and highlighting the best parts of the vacation, (leaving out the part when Grandma's back goes out and she's unable to walk) I wove a magical story that captivated his attention and invited him to participate by asking "and then what did they see?" The surprising part for me was that he remembered the little details that made this vacation so special.  I hoped that he fell asleep with visions of Mickey Mouse dancing in his head.
The next night, I went back to the Little Critter books but he stopped me mid-sentence and told me he wanted to hear the story about the "little boy" again. After each re-telling of the magical moments of the trip, he jumped out of bed and ran to Papa to tell him the story, too.
Show us your #DisneySide is for the young, old, young at heart and everything in between.  For this 4-year-old, #DisneySide becomes the stuff that sweet dreams are made of when he sleeps over at Grandma and Papa's house.


  1. Hi Leanne!! I was so excited to see you have joined us this week! Thanks for sharing your adorable story and congrats on making it to Round 3 of the Disney Parks Moms Panel. You rock!

  2. Tell your bedtime story to me, but change it to a 41 year young woman instead of your grandson please...THX-Great post.

  3. Thank you everyone and especially to Gayle for having me as an honorary Gal. I'm late to respond because I just got off the Disney Fantasy today. FAB-U-LOUS! I hope to write a few tidbits about the cruise. Pixie dust to all!

  4. Hello everyone my name is Amy Im Leanne's oldest daughter. I just recently turned 27 and completed my first run Disney 5K this past October. I show my Disney Side all the time and worked as a Disney Cast Member for 2 years and absolutely loved every moment of it. Im so proud of my Mom and her passion for running. In February when she goes to Run in the Princess Half Marathon I will be cheering her on from Home of course.